Harvest In

Today was a beautiful sunny first day of November. We harvested the potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes so now everything is in. We let the pigs and sheep into the first of the garden spaces which caused great excitement. They will clean up and dig the gardens to put them to bed for winter. It is good to have the harvest in and know where our food is for winter and spring. On the one hand I am sad to see the gardening season over but it also means it is time to start planning for next year, figuring out where we did well and what we can do better. There is much to do before winter hits and then there are dreams of spring…

Low 44째F, High 54째F, Sunny.

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5 Responses to Harvest In

  1. gwen says:

    I’d love to see some before and after pictures of things like your garden and the hillside to see what the pigs and sheep do end up doing.

    We just did our garden evaluation, although our harvest is long since over. It has definitely been a learning year :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, what do you do with Jerusalem artichokes? Don’t think I’ve ever actually seen one outside of a seed catalog.

  3. patina says:

    i steamed two large artichokes last night, freshly harvested from my garden. what a treat. i do regret seeing the growing season slow and fizzle but fortunately the central california coast weather allows for a continuation of lettuce, possibility of cabbage and brussel sprouts, etc. we don’t suffer the frost here.

    enjoy reading your post.

  4. Deb says:

    It’s always a bittersweet time, isn’t it. I wish I had some animal helpers to put the garden to bed! Maybe next year.

  5. Gwen, I’ll try and find some old photos of our place before I started carving and do a posting about the transformation.

    Anony, (may I call you that?), you can treat the J. artichokes sort of like a cross between water chestnuts and potatoes. They are a tuber which is good in stirfry, steamed, stews and casserolls. Some people like them raw but that is not my personal preference.

    Patina, think not of it as suffering frost… for soon we will sled and snowboard down the pasture hills! :)

    Deb, yes, definitely bittersweet putting the garden to bed. It is a friend I will not see for months. But one of the bennies of the north country is we get to start afresh each spring. Between the animals tilling and scratching and the cold of winter most undesireables are killed off in the gardens.

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